The morning gods,
imposing blue faces, fiery red eyes
faint green graces move
red berries still in bloom
among calming pastel yellows
a thousand leafless branches
get ready for ghostly dances in surreal spaces
the fire in the eyes dissolve in vivid pink-blue wings
what did they tell me
what do they tell you
what upon earth, in hell, heaven do they portend?
can we know?
The history of religion has been colored by great figures whose single-minded pursuit of Reality has benefitted us in the long run. They were all great folks, they were crazy, flawed like us, only more so, perhaps they knew it more than anybody else.
So when we learn from religion, we are taking a risk, we are going to be necessarily misdirected. Pursuit of enlightenment is one such direction.^ In this respect, I found these following statements beautiful in what is a sweet post on Internet and Buddhism.
We heard from Kelly the purpose is to end suffering. In my tradition what we are increasingly saying is the purpose is to create a society that is awake, that encourages people to be awake. I don’t think anybody would say that it’s about attaining a certain state of meditative absorption or jhana or Samadhi, although those are fun and those can be a tool or a method to awakening. But I think a lot of people think it is about that.
If the great figures of religion persuade us to do otherwise, that God, Enlightenment is to be pursued outside of ordinary living, they must be questioned, as such approaches have historically caused more trouble than the good it has produced.
^ Enlightenment could very well be a myth. Debatable, but I am sure students of religion would agree for a start that whole mythologies have been woven around enlightenment.
மாற வேண்டுவதை உணர்த்துவதுவும் நீயே.
மாறுவது எதற்கடாவென நிற்பதுவும் நீயே.
தெளிசேர் மாற்றத்தின் ஆழ்கடல் முத்தும் நீ வித்தும் நீ
இக்கணமே மாறுவோமென, இன்னொரு நாள் மாறினால் என்ன?
என்றெல்லாம் வடிவெடுத்து திருநின்று ஆட்டுவிப்பவரும் நீ.
இக்கணமும் எக்கணமும் இணைந்தே இசை பாடும் நாயகரே
உம் பாதம் பணிந்தேன் அய்யரே, சரணாகதி அடைந்தேன் காத்தருளாயோ?